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Merck Foundation calls for applications for media recognition awards 2018 to eliminate infertility stigma

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Foundation, the philanthropic arm of KGaA Germany in partnership with H.E. AKUFO-ADDO, The of and of More Than a Mother announces the opening of the application period for the 'Merck More Than a Mother' 2018 for and the rest of

The winners will be announced during the 6th edition of Merck Asia which will be conducted in October 2019 in Ghana, co-chaired by Dr. Rasha Kelej, of and Her Excellency of

The applications are invited by to showcase their work to raise awareness about infertility prevention and breaking infertility stigma in Ghana and rest of

Dr. Rasha Kelej, of and of emphasized, "I strongly believe in the critical play to sensitize communities. Therefore we created these with the aim to recognize the outstanding journalistic coverage that enhances the public engagement and understanding of infertility, breaking its stigma and emphasizing the need to change the social perception of it in African communities."

"Few other initiatives to get the desired culture shift include Media Training in partnership with Creating songs and movies in partnership with Ghanaian artists to address this topic and educate people across the country which will require supporting film making industry and students of the in Ghana. Also, involving fashion industry to deliver the message of breaking the stigma of Infertile women to the community in day to day life which will be achieved through supporting the young fashion designers and student of to come up with innovative ideas to reach youth," Dr. added.

will organize the Merck Media Training on 28th of February 2019 for media representatives, focusing on the international standards and for reporting sensitive issues like infertility in Ghana and rest of Africa. It is designed to benefit the journalists in understanding the infertility issues in African communities and to learn the best to cover such issues.

Merck Foundation has also provided technical training to four candidates from Ghana under their 'Merck Africa Embryology Training Program' to help build capacity in the field of infertility in the country. The program will be scaled up under the umbrella of the long term partnership with the of Ghana.

Merck Foundation has also been empowering many infertile women in Ghana by building a productive life for them by setting up businesses of their choice for them, as women are much more than just mothers.

Who can apply?

Journalists from print, online, radio and multimedia platforms.

Last date of submission:

Entries can be submitted till 30th June 2019.

How to apply?

Entries can be submitted via email to

Merck Foundation recently concluded a ceremony to announce the winners of the 'Merck More Than a Mother' 2017 in Nairobi, The ceremony was attended by over 200 journalists from 17 African countries.

Here are the details of first award winners from profession journalist's category from each segment:

The Award from the Multimedia Segment was given to Ms. and her team from NTV for their excellent story named 'A tale of pain and shame of childless women in Busia'.

The First Award from the Print Media Segment was received by Mr. Gardy Chacha, Senior and from Standard Newspaper, He was selected for his soul-stirring story named 'Cecilia Wairimu: One woman, Three marriages, 11 years of Infertility'.

The First Award from the was given to Ms. Molatelo Mainetje, News and and Documentary Filmmaker from for her short film called 'Womb Man'.

Ms. Asha Bakidusa, with Royal Media Services Limited, Under Bahari FM, Kenya was given the First Award for the Radio Segment for her program on 'How family men supporting their spouses in cases of Infertility'.

All the award winners were present during the ceremony to collect their award.

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First Published: Fri, January 18 2019. 18:46 IST